We have two ducks and two drakes. For the past month the ducks have been sitting on eggs. It takes around two weeks for chicken eggs to hatch and approximately 29 days for duck eggs.
My eldest child called out to me yesterday saying he thought he saw a chick, so we ran to the nest and watched and waited. We found one gorgeous fluffy duckling and one egg in the process of hatching. Thankfully the mother duck left the nest to stretch her legs, so we had a chance to hold and love the little duckling. Three more had hatched by the time we went to bed. My eldest woke up early to check on ducklings and was happy to see they were all well.
The mother duck was no longer interested in the unhatched eggs and was not sitting on them. I felt them and noticed they were cold compared to other times I had held them during the incubation period. I watched the mother duck for some time and after observing that she really had no interest now, I took them and put them in one of our baskets of raw wool and covered them over with more wool. Within ten minutes the eggs were nice and warm again and by lunchtime four more had hatched out. Ducklings assume the first thing they see is their mother and we wanted to be sure there was no confusion, so as soon as we noticed the eggs were hatching, we gave the eggs to the mother duck. We are now waiting for one more egg to hatch, and that will make nine ducklings! Our other mother duck is sitting on 12 eggs and they are due to hatch in a few days. What a beautiful blessing!